Concept stores add another facet to Riyadh’s retail landscape. Rubaiyat, at Stars Avenue Mall, is where you’ll find names from Emporio Armani to Elie Saab, as well as color-popping pieces from Jeddah designer Arwa Albanawi. Or the grayscale RUFF Boutique, where limited edition Yeezy trainers and classic Nike Air Jordans are presented like works of art among the greatest hits of global streetwear, as well as cult Saudi labels like Not Boring.
Mira Y Mano has more of a modern Saudi focus, specializing in ethically sourced womenswear. The impeccably curated collection includes statement abayas and kamaya wraps from local designer Maha Ghalayini, and bold heritage-inspired jewelry from young Jeddah designer Lillian Ismail.
Other stores are harder to pin down. Sum+Things is a high-ceilinged modern restaurant that fuses almost imperceptibly with a minimalist homeware concept store and library, while Personage is a creative concrete-walled store, with the sharpest local apparel, jewelry and perfumes on the first floor, and a cafe, lounge and exhibition spaces upstairs. Both act as further proof that whatever your style and niche, Riyadh has a retail option to match.